A uniquely comprehensive overview of a fascinating and rapidly changing country, dealing with the politics, economics, society and foreign policy of Vietnam from the Doi Moi reforms of market socialism in 1986 to the present day. Drawing on fieldwork and analysis by an international team of specialists this book covers all aspects of contemporary Vietnam including recent history, the political economy, the reform process, education, health, labour market, foreign direct investment and foreign policy. The contributors show how the blurring of old and new pressures and traditions within Vietnam requires a more complex analysis of the country than might initially be assumed.
List of figures, tables and boxes Preface and Acknowledgements List of Abbreviations Contributors Information boxes on Vietnam 1. Introduction Duncan McCargo Politics 2. State, Party and Political Change in Vietnam Chris Dixon 3. Rethinking the History of the Vietnamese Communist Party Sophie Quinn-Judge 4. Key Issues in the Political Economy of post doi moi Vietnam Martin Gainsborough 5. Politics in Mountain Communes: Exploring Vietnamese Grassroots Democracy Claudia Zingerli Economy 6. Growth and Reform since the Eighth Party Congress Ari Kokko 7. The Social Challenges of Reform: Restructuring State Owned Enterprises in Vietnam Gerard Clarke 8. Vietnam's Rural Transformations: Information, Knowledge and Diversification Tran Thi Thu Trang Society 9. Rethinking Vietnam's Mass Education and Health Systems Jonathan D. London 10. Centralism: The Dilemma of Educational Reform in Vietnam Doan Hue Dung 11. An Emerging Civil Society? Local Associations working on HIV/AIDS Marie-Eve Blanc 12. Pursuing Success in Present Day Vietnam: Young Graduates in Hanoi Phuong An Nguyen Foreign Relations 13. Rethinking Foreign Investment in Vietnam: Fuzzy Figures and Sentiment Swings Nick Freeman and Curt Nestor 14. Recent Changes in Vietnam's Foreign Policy: Implications for Vietnam-ASEAN relations Jorn Dosch and Ta Minh Tuan Bibliography Index